CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Sophomore Dominika Franciszkowicz earned All-America status for her performance at the NCAA Fencing Championships, held at Harvard University this Thursday and Friday.
Franciszkowicz was one of four Penn women to compete in the Championships but the only All-America honoree for the Quakers this year. She won 11 bouts in sabre and finished 12th overall to earn honorable mention All-America honors for the second consecutive year. Franciszkowicz is the 33rd All-American in program history and is just the ninth woman to earn All-America honors more than once in her career.
Junior Stephanie Wheeler had the next highest finish of any Penn fencer, winning eight bouts on her way to a 17th place finish. Fellow classmate Danielle Kamis fenced sabre and finished with six victories. Freshman Aida Abdikulova was the final woman to fence for the Quakers and she won seven bouts in foil and concluded her first NCAA Championships with a 22nd place finish.
Penn finished 11th place with 32 bout victories after the women's competition. In the men's competition, the Quakers got three All-America performances as they concluded the NCAA Championships with an eighth place overall finish. It is just one spot lower than the team finished in both 2008 and 2009.